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Casey McGehee thriving at Marlins Park
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee is doing his best to take advantage of the spacious dimensions at Marlins Park.

The veteran third baseman entered play Sunday vs. Seattle batting .341 (15 for 44) with four doubles, one triple and 14 RBI in 12 home games, as opposed to hitting .217 (5 for 23) with one double and one RBI in six road games.

"There are a lot of places to get hits," McGehee said of hitting at home, per MLB.com. "Hitting the ball out of the ballpark is a little more of a challenge here than at some other places. But I feel like I'm strong enough that if I do catch one good, I will be able to drive it out of the ballpark. But I think if you go up with that as your sole goal it's going to make for a long year."

McGehee attributes his strong start to establishing a better approach after he learned to be patient seeing so many forkballs and offspeed pitches playing in Japan last season.

"I think more than anything it was just going and playing every day, and getting back into the mode of being able to have an approach at the plate, and not be so result-oriented all the time, which is easier said than done," McGehee said.

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Carlos Santana trying to work through slump
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Indians third baseman Carlos Santana is trying to work through a slump, according to MLB.com.

Santana is hitting just .153 through 59 at-bats, and hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo believes he's trying to do too much at the plate. "It just seems like he's trying to do too much," Van Burkleo said. "He went into that spell where he wasn't getting hits, and those 0-fers kind of pile up, and it kind of manifests."

Van Burkleo added that he is trying to get Santana to focus on one at-bat at a time. He praised Santana for his .333 on-base percentage, saying Santana finds a way to contribute even when he's not hitting well.

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Cardinals promote Zach Petrick to Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cardinals starting pitcher prospect Zach Petrick was promoted to Triple-A Memphis Sunday following the announcment Tyler Lyons will join the St. Louis rotation.

Petrick, who was the team's minor-league pitcher of the year in 2013, was 2-0 with a 0.48 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in three starts for Double-A Springfield.

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Joe Kelly 'responding better than anticipated' to treatment
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday starting pitcher Joe Kelly is "responding better than anticipated" as he gets treatment for a left hamstring strain, per MLB.com. Kelly has begun to play catch.

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Scott Hairston 'right on schedule' in recovery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston (oblique) has been taking swings in the batting cage and hopes to begin a minor-league rehab assignment soon, per MLB.com. Hairston, who is swinging at 75 percent intensity, said he's "right on schedule" in his recovery.

"I'm just setting really small goals right now," Hairston said. "We'll complete steps one and two before we see the finish line."

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Darin Mastroianni designated for assignment Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Twins have designated outfielder Darin Mastroianni for assignment Sunday.

Mastroianni was shipped out in favor of Sam Fuld, who the team claimed on waivers. Mastroianni was hitless in 11 at-bats this season. 

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Clayton Kershaw believes he's ready for rehab assignment
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (back) threw a "full effort" three-inning simulated game Sunday, per MLB.com. Kershaw expects the next time he takes the hill it will be on a rehab assignment.

"This was full effort for me," he said. "You can't simulate the adrenaline of a big league game. But as far as [a] 10 a.m. sim game, that's all I got."

Kershaw added the soreness and stiffness from the teres major muscle strain in his back that landed him on the disabled list "is gone, and now it's just building back up" arm strength.

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Pirates-Brewers get into brawl, two players ejected
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Pirates outfielder Travis Snider were ejected from Sunday's game after both teams got into a benches-clearing brawl

The melee ensued after Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole approached Gomez following Gomez's triple in the top of the third inning. Gomez had to be restrained as Cole walked back to the mound, but punches were exchanged once both teams came onto the field. Gomez appeared to have thrown the first punch.

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Shaun Marcum throwing three innings in rehab
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Indians pitcher Shaun Marcum has started throwing three innings during rehab, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Marcum is recovering from shoulder surgery. He was able to throw a bullpen session Saturday. Manager Terry Francona said there's still no timetable for Marcum to return to the majors. 

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Blake Beavan could start throwing this week
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Mariners pitcher Blake Beavan could begin throwing again this week, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Beavan is dealing with a shoulder injury, and will be examined at some point during the week. If it goes well, there's a chance he'll begin some light throwing. 

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